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Critics blame Catholics on Supreme Court

July 3, 2014


By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue notes the reaction of bigots to the Hobby Lobby case:

“Once again an all-Catholic, all-male, all-ultra-conservative majority of five has voted en bloc to eviscerate fundamental rights,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation. Yup. Catholics always conspire to do things “en bloc” (save for Sonia).

“Court’s Catholic Justices Attack Women’s Rights” is the headline of Margery Eagan’s Boston Herald article (it’s those Catholics again). The American Humanist Association issued a statement with a picture of a rosary next to birth control pills. Cute.

In the Huffington Post, Ryan Grim noted that “these men [the five judges who voted for religious liberty] are Christians.” He also said, “The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Christian business owners are special.” I guess the ruling does not apply to Mormons.

Also in the Huffington Post, Ronald A. Lindsay, a militant atheist, asks, “Is it appropriate to have six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court?” His hero is JFK, who famously threw his religion overboard to win votes. “Unfortunately,” he writes, “a majority of the Supreme Court may now be resurrecting concerns about the compatibility between being a Catholic and being a good citizen….” He’s not resurrecting the old canard—the Justices are.

Philip F. Cardarella, writing in the Kansas City Star, says that when JFK ran, the question was, “How could someone who owed his religious obedience to the Pope in Rome and the doctrines of the Catholic Church truly be trusted?” Now, he opines, “Five men on the Supreme Court—all Catholics—may well just have proven him [JFK] wrong.” Got it.

Catholics are 25 percent of the population and comprise two-thirds of the high court. Jews are 1.8 percent of the population and comprise one-third of the high court. Note: only the former is a problem.

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Marvin McConoughey July 3, 2014

I don’t agree with the court’s ruling, but we live in a fractured society and some of those fractures are inevitable among the twelve mortals who make up the Supreme Court. Time and society have a way of softening supreme court decisions and where they prove unwise, later court decisions sometimes sheds new interpretations on old law cases. Yes, religious bias may exist, but it always has, so we are not encountering new problems here.

Bob Clark July 3, 2014

So, it’s acceptable to single out a religion and gender in this incidence for popular ridicule; but otherwise it’s taboo according to our liberal friends. The latter continually push a world without consistent rules but one of double or more standards.

What’s ironic is Catholic religious leaders themselves are quite liberal and sometimes communistic in their guidance. The five justices shouldn’t be looked at as white Catholic men, but as conservatives in their jurisprudence with respect to the U.S Constitution.

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